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10. What is "Table Topics"?

Table Topics is fun! It's also terrifying. It calls on you, the guest or member, to present a one to two minute impromptu speech on a subject not known to you until the moment you get up to speak! A member of the club assigned to be Topicsmaster will prepare a few impromptu topics and call on members (or guests, if they've agreed in advance to being called on) to stand up and speak on the topic. Topics might include current events (e.g. What would you do about Haitian boat people if you were President?) or philosophy (If you had no shoes and met a man who had no feet, how would you feel?) or the unusual (Reach into this bag. Pull an item out. Tell us about it.).

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